I've been meaning to ask... you named the place Huckleberry Hollow, but have you had the opportunity to find any huckleberries since you've been there? I miss them terribly! My grandmother used to make a delightful huckleberry cobbler... when warm, add a little milk and mmmm goodness! Huckleberries also used to be quite the popular selling item to folks on trains passing through the Valley. That said, however, the trend was, to have a successful year of huckleberries, it usually meant burning a significant chunk of a mountain... often this was done in clandestine fashion. Anyway, I sure do miss huckleberries.
Hey Robert. Absolutely! Though in recent years, with the recurring droughts, pickins' have been rather slim. When we first bought the place in 1987, they were thick as hair on a hounds back. My kids would spend hours picking and eating them. Deer overran the area foraging for them. I think maybe the over population of deer in the Valley may have thinned them quite a bit, but they're still around if you know where to look.They are quite tasty. If we get a decent crop next year, I'll try to remember to pick a bowl for you and let you know. For those reading this who don't know, huckleberries are the equivalent to a wild blueberry.
Well, then, just ignore my previous ignorance about the edible-ness. Blueberries I understand.
Hope you find the practice of picking huckleberries a safe one. I've heard of my great-grandparents developing a plate of armor of sorts, made from stovepipes, protecting the calves/shins, and forearms to protect from surprise snake attacks out from under the bushes.
Robert - I'll keep a sharp eye. Unrelated to berry picking, I killed a 46" rattlesnake beside my shed about 10 years ago. He was as big around as my arm. Stovepipes huh? I picture the Tin Man. ;o)
Appalachian ingenuity ;-)
That is a good looking Dad and Daughter I know your a Proud Grandpa Richard. I never ate huckberrys but I have hours of tales about my adventures picking and eating Blackberrys in the Delta of Eastern Arkansas.
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